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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
The Amsterdam Deception: The David Knight Series Book 1 by Tony Ollivier places us in the shoes of David Knight, a professional ballerino touring Europe with the Canadian ballet troupe; his first foray into this continent of incredible history and abundant differences. One night after rehearsals, David and his good friend Razor venture out into Amsterdam, seeking an education in this foreign culture. Little did David know that the experience would dump him into a washing machine ride through incredibly complex and dangerous waters, where his very survival would become his absolute objective. Governmental control, greed, and religious dogma all converge on a mysterious target. This cynosure paradoxically becomes both David’s greatest hope and his most dire peril. This is something only David can unlock. The ultimate question to be answered is will David survive the shocking revelation?
Tony Ollivier’s The Amsterdam Deception is a rich, fast-paced adventure through some truly incredible backdrops within Europe. The way these locales are written into the reader’s imagination is palpable, and you can almost feel the chill air of Amsterdam or the smooth transit of the TGV as it races through this exciting journey. The characters are all quite believable, diverse, and imbued with accurate blends of humanity, both good and evil. It was particularly clever how David’s understanding of his circumstances was developed, starting with stark confusion and evolving at a slow burn to the point where he understood what had happened to him and who the players were. The amount of empathy this built for his character was impressive. I would recommend The Amsterdam Deception to all those readers who love quality mystery adventures on a global stage.